It’s important to approach legal issues carefully to honour your tenants’ rights, so pay attention to the details. We’ll give advice on the most common legal issues landlords face.
What to do if your tenant is not paying rent?27-04-2022
In a perfect world, every tenant would pay rent on time and in full. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes even the most upstanding tenants fall behind on their rent. Of course, the last thing any landlord wants to do is chase rent arrears. At best, tenants will be cooperative and quickly pay arrears. At worst, tenants will ignore your request to pay rent. It can be tricky to know what to do in situations like this. Your first thought may be to evict your tenant. But it’s wise to treat eviction as a last resort, not an immediate solution. For one thing, there are several reasons why your tenant may be struggling to pay rent.
Can I evict my tenant for not paying rent?16-02-2022
When tenants fail to pay their rent, a landlord needs to resolve the situation quickly before it escalates. Missing one month's rent can easily roll into two months following excuses from tenants. But landlords still have their own bills to pay, and shouldn’t have to deal with the stress that loss of rent brings. We’ll guide you through how to deal with tenants not paying rent, and how to tackle the eviction process.
Can a landlord refuse to renew a commercial lease?24-01-2022
If you’re a landlord that rents out commercial premises, you will have signed a commercial lease with your tenant. These contracts tend to last for longer periods than residential leases, with 3-5 years being the minimum commitment. If you’re new to this area of the rental sector, you may be interested in the commercial lease renewal process.
What certificates do landlords need to provide?20-01-2022
On the surface, renting a property seems quite simple. However, being a landlord comes with a myriad of legal responsibilities that are designed to protect both you and your tenant. Before you rent your property, you need to carry out a range of safety checks and retain the documents as evidence. If you cannot provide your tenant with the full range of landlord certificates - either at the start of the tenancy or at tenancy renewal - your pocket could be hit by considerable legal costs. What matters most is that you could potentially put your tenant in unnecessary danger.
What electrical certificates do landlords need?19-11-2021
In 2020, the government introduced a guide to mandatory electrical safety inspections for landlords in a move to improve safety in the private rented sector. There are a number of actions that landlords must take to ensure that they comply with the latest regulations. We’ll fill you in on what electrical certificates you need.
Can a landlord change a lease agreement?29-10-2021
Changing the lease agreement normally crops up in conversation when a landlord or tenant wishes to alter areas of the contract. For the majority, this is a simple process but it can be a touchy subject if the relationship between both parties isn’t at its best. It’s not always clear who has the authority to action any amendments, and one wrong move could risk legal action. To steer you on the right path, we’ll answer the question of can a landlord change a lease agreement?
Landlord insurance can protect landlords in the event of fire, theft, loss of rent and more. Whether you’re considering cover or have just taken out a policy, we’ll guide you through the topic of landlord insurance.
Property Maintenance & Interiors
Every landlord wants their rental property to stay in top condition, and tenants may want to decorate their new home. Read our advice about garden and property maintenance, and interiors here.
It’s a landlord's responsibility to ensure that a rental property is compliant with all safety regulations - from gas certificates to fire safety measures. Here, we talk about every safety regulation you should be aware of.
There is often confusion around the topic of utilities. Even with the tenants’ names on the bill, landlords can still be responsible in some cases. We’ll guide you through the topic of utilities here.
Dealing with tenant and neighbourly disputes in the correct way is so important. Here, we identify the common issues that may arise, such as boundary issues and noise complaints, and the best way in which to resolve them.
Once you hand over the keys to your tenant, you can’t just turn up and visit your buy-to-let property as and when you like. Here you’ll find advice on the correct protocols to follow when carrying out inspections and guidance on what might constitute too much contact between you and your tenant.
Most landlords will experience an issue of some degree with damages to their property at some point. We advise on how to handle deliberate and non-deliberate damage to the property or its contents.
It’s so important for landlords to know their stuff when it comes to money and finances. Here you’ll find advice on everything from rental arrears, deposits and many other important financial issues.
We explore and advise on issues regarding illegal activity taking place at a rented property – with everything from drugs and cannabis farms, to the setting up of secret brothels and gambling dens.
We explore all of the other issues and situations that may arise for landlords, so that you can feel confident and in-the-know.
Should you relax your ‘no pets’ policy, or is an animal-friendly rental a recipe for disaster? We explore the pro’s and con’s of housing tenants furry friends and how to deal with unauthorised pets, complaints and damages.
Squatters and unregistered tenants and guests are more common than you might think, so it’s vital you’re aware of the rules and regulations and how to deal with these issues correctly. We explore the in’s and out’s of squatters rights and secret subletters so that you don’t get caught out.
It’s no secret that the screening process is so important to get right, as it’s the foundations to ensuring an easy and simple tenancy. Here, we offer advice regarding applications, credit and background checks – and everything else you may need to know before selecting your future tenants.
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